Just a taste of the places to go and things to do :
Many tourists pass Lucca on their way to Florence not realising it was once the capital of Tuscany. The city with its appealing main streets is a meeting place full of shops and cafes. No trip is complete without a walk round its impressive ramparts with its tree lined promenades offering fabulous views of the city. The annual music festival livens the main Piazza during September with renowned bands and artists. There is a large antiques market around the Duomo every third weekend of the month. To miss Lucca would be a shame.
Undoubtedly the leaning tower is its attraction, however there are elegant 16th century palaces along the banks of the river Arno. On the 17th June there is a special event with the regatta of San Ranieri, an old contest held on the Arno with decorated boats covering the river followed by a costumed procession.
Is situated on the coast with Italy's naval port. Drive along the coast and find your way to the gulf of poets and visit Porto Venere with Byron's grotto or take a cruise to the Cinque Terre villages carved out of the mountain face, stop and enjoy the excellent food and wine.